Who’s who in freighter conversions: The conversion houses

Today, we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In the first part yesterday, we began with a look at the increasing number of narrowbody conversion programs for Next Generation, or NG, aircraft....
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • September 20, 2019

Who’s who in freighter conversions: So many programs, so little feedstock

While recent years have witnessed redelivery of the first of the next generation of narrowbody freighter conversions,  the narrowbody conversion space is about to get even busier and more competitive next year. Not only will a second platform, the A321, be introduced but, by the end of 2019, up to three additional narrowbody conversion programs […]

FedEx to park or retire 35 freighters on express headwinds, severed Amazon ties

Concurrent with the release of its 1QFY20 earnings, FedEx announced plans to park or retire the equivalent of up to thirty-five MD-10-10F, A310-300F and MD11F aircraft by the end of its next fiscal year. The company blamed weaker than expected express demand on trade friction and other macroeconomic influences battering the industrial sector. FedEx also […]

Airbus GMF forecasts 2,500 freighters to be added over the next two decades

Airbus forecasts a total of 2,800 freighters will be in service by 2038 a net increase of 1,000 units from today’s totals, the company stated in its Global Market Forecast (GMF) released this week. Despite the recent slowdown in airfreight growth, Airbus is more bullish on the freighter market compared to previous years on the […]

DHL Express takes delivery of third 777F, to be CMI operated by Aerologic

On Sept. 16, Boeing delivered a 777F (66081) to DHL Express. The aircraft was ferried to Leipzig (LEJ) where the aircraft will join the Aerologic fleet and be operated on a CMI basis for the express carrier [FATs 005136-5137]. The aircraft is the third of four 777Fs Boeing will deliver to DHL this year. Like […]

Telair International unveils modular cargo loading system for A320 family

Telair International launched a modular cargo loading system for use in the lower hold of narrowbody aircraft. The system is designed to be installed post-delivery or during freighter conversion and consists of reconfigurable modules that can be converted within a matter of hours to accommodate either bulk or containerized freight. Initially, Telair expects the system to […]
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